Coredy AC1200 CX-E120 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender Review

Coredy AC1200 CX-E120 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender Review

Buy it at Amazon: Coredy AC1200 CX-E120 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender [Affiliate Link]

Takeaway: Improved signal on the 1st floor from router on the 3rd floor, 2.4 GHz a bit finicky.

The WiFi extender comes with an instruction manual, Ethernet cable, and reset pin. This a dual band extender which supports both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz WiFi bands. The unit itself is small measuring 2.75”L x 2”W x 1”D. The four antenna on the top and sides add another 3.5” and can be turned/angled to fit your space. There are also two Ethernet ports on the bottom for LAN and LAN/WAN connections.

This device has 3 modes that are changeable via a switch: Router, AP, and Repeater mode. I’m using it as a repeater since my router is on the 3rd floor of the house and the signal on the first floor and outside is typically very poor. The extender simply plugs into any outlet and only took a few minutes to set up using the WPS buttons on the unit and on my router. Once connected I can move the extender to an outlet in between the weak spots and the router, basically anywhere on the first floor, so I have it in the kitchen where we spend a lot of time and usually only receive 2 of 4 WiFi signal bars.

When in my kitchen, I ran a speed test connecting to the 5 GHz signal from the router and subsequently the 5GHz band of the extender when placed in the same room. The difference in download speed was nearly double, which is very near to the optimal speed we get when right next to the router. The signal also goes farther into the rooms on the first floor and now we can even get some WiFi outside on the patio and porch as well. However, occasionally when connected to the 2.4GHz extended network the connection drops or says connected but ""with no internet."" While this isn't the case all the time, if I disconnect and reconnect to the extended network, it works again. The other weird thing is from the same spot in the kitchen there was a signal strength increase on the extended 2.4 GHz network but no improvement in download/upload speed versus the 2.4GHz signal from the router which had less signal strength. Even so the coverage overall was better, despite similar network performance. I'm mostly happy that I can get the faster speeds of the 5GHz network consistently around the first floor, and so far it's been working fine.

Buy it at Amazon: Coredy AC1200 CX-E120 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender [Affiliate Link]

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Ezapor 100 Inch Foldable Indoor/Outdoor Movie Projector Screen Review